Newaygo gains revenge over Reed City

REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes were handed their second loss of the season on Friday night by Lakeview, 81-56.

The Coyotes fall to 10-2 overall and 9-2 in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) going into action this week.

Reed City returned to action on Tuesday night at home against Chippewa Hills and will travel to Big Rapids on Wednesday to make up a rescheduled matchup that was originally meant to be played on Jan. 24.

The Coyotes are also home Friday night against Hesperia and at Central Montcalm next Tuesday in CSAA action.

Reed City had handed Lakeview its first loss to the season recently and Josh Saez acknowledged going into last Friday’s rematch that it wouldn’t be easy.

“We know they’ll want the game as bad as we do,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was a night of revenge and also another winning evening at their home gym for the Reed City Coyotes.

Chad Samuels scored 25 points and Kyle Wright added 24 in a 73-58 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) boys basketball victory for the Coyotes over Newaygo on Feb. 4.

The Coyotes were seeking revenge over a Newaygo team that handed Reed City its only loss so far this season last month.

“We played them the first time, they scored 56,” said Reed City coach Dean McGuire. “We play them the second time, they score 58. They were pretty consistent. The difference for us is we scored 51 the first time. We had (73) this time.”

Reed City was up 33-24 at halftime. Dean Eichenberg swished in a triple for Reed City to open the third. Dakota Queen helped the Lions close the gap with a field goal and later a free throw, making it 43-39 at 3:11.

Samuels had a big quarter with 16 points and netted a 3-point play with 44 seconds to go while Dakota Queen drew his fourth foul. Samuels had another 3-point play seconds later following a steal and assist from P.J. Jones for a 57-43 lead. It was 57-45 going into the fourth.

Jones opened the fourth with a 3-point play for a 60-45 lead.

Kyle Wright’s bucket at 5:40 of the fourth gave the hosts a 64-46 lead. Two Wright foul shots at 4:06 gave the Coyotes a 68-47 advantage.

Samuels’ layup gave his team a 72-55 lead with 1:40 to play.

“For a good portion of the game, I felt we played pretty solid on defense,” said Newaygo. coach Terry Bourke. “I thought when we weren’t, we let too deep of penetration (for Reed City).”

The Lions opened the game shooting well and enjoying leads.

Wright’s 3-point play helped the Coyotes stay in touch. Samuels got into the scoring act late in the first quarter with a triple and two free throws to put the Coyotes on top 17-16 going into the second.

Reed City’s defense plagued Newaygo in the second and the Lions gradually got into foul trouble. The Lions also have a player named Kyle Wright who scored a basket in-between two field goals from the Coyotes’ Kyle Wright, who netted seven points in the second. Derek Lodholtz hit a triple early in the quarter. The Coyote defense limited the Lions to only three buckets from the floor and had the nine-point halftime lead.

“Offensively early on, we missed way too many short shots,” Bourke said. “Our two-point field goals, minus our three-point field goals, we shot only 31 percent on twos. That was a key to the game really. Those are big momentum plays. The early foul trouble hurt us too. They did a nice job in taking charges, I thought.”

“They went man-to-man against us and we did a great job of attacking,” McGuire said. “It’s tough to stay in front.”

Newaygo’s Kyle Wright fouled out midway in the fourth quarter with 13 points.

“The difference for us, is they did a good job in their 1-3-1 zone the first time, it caused a lot of trouble for us and we didn’t attack it real well,” McGuire said. “I thought we did a great job of attacking (Tuesday).”

Eichenberg added 13 points for Reed City. Wright led the boards for Reed City with 14 rebounds while Eichenberg and Samuels had six apiece. Saez and Wright had four assists apiece.

“Chad is such a good player, Kyle Wright is such a good player, (plus) Dean Eichenberg, Josh Saez, and Derek Lodholtz stepped into the starting lineup and did a nice job for us,” McGuire said. “P.J. Jones off the bench (Tuesday) was our energy guy. He did a fantastic job for us, causing havoc out there. T.J. Patterson came in and did a fantastic job on Queen. We were struggling with him down low.”

Newaygo. is now 5-4 in the league and 6-4 overall.